Get to the North Side for Home & Garden Tour, Epic Yard Sale

Explore lavish homes and gardens with the West Allegheny Historic District’s annual Tour and Tasting, or go on the hunt for hidden treasure during The Great Mexican War Streets Yard Sale.

Holmes Hall photo by Cheyenne Knight 

For home lovers — or history lovers for that matter — there’s only one place to be in Pittsburgh on the first weekend of June — the North Side.

From 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 2 and 1 to 5 p.m. or 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 3, neighbors in the Allegheny West Historic District will open their doors for A Summer Evening in Old Allegheny, the community’s annual home, garden and tasting tour.

While Allegheny West is Pittsburgh’s smallest neighborhood, it has a big history — and a lot of big homes. The lavish homes built along Ridge Avenue in the 19th century for Pittsburgh’s elite, among them Henry W. Oliver and William Penn Snyder, have long been known as Millionaire’s Row.

This year’s walking tour starts at the recently restored, 18,000-square-foot Holmes Hall and features another six homes, gardens and historic structures. Guests also will be treated to a variety of wines and specialty foods as part of the tasting.

Famed Boston-bred architect Henry Hobson Richardson, whose style coined the term “Richardsonian Romanesque,” designed two of the properties on this year’s tour.

While Richardson designed many buildings throughout New York, Pittsburgh, Chicago and the Midwest, he is perhaps best known locally for designing the opulent Allegheny County Courthouse, Downtown.  

The event takes place rain or shine. For tickets, visit here.


The Great Yard Sale

Once the touring is done, head over to the Mexican War Streets for the neighborhood-wide yard sale. Hosted by the Mexican War Streets Society, the event takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 3 — and come hungry.

A number of local eateries, food trucks, brewers and other local businesses will be at the event, including Casellula at Alphabet City, Allegheny City Brewing, The Commonplace at the Mexican War Streets, the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation and Wagsburgh.

Last year, more than 60 home participated in the yard sale. For more information, visit here.

Warehouse Sale

Start your Memorial Day weekend off with a bang — and possibly some new furniture. 

PerLora — which has locations on the South Side and a leather showroom in the Strip District — is holding its one-day only Warehouse Sale from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 27 at its warehouse at 3524 Charlotte Street in Lawrenceville.

The event, which is the longtime furniture store's biggest sale of the year, features up to 70 percent off brands such as American Leather, BDI, Ekornes, EQ3, Natuzzi, Thayer Coggin and more. 

If you need any further enticement to attend the event, Le Petit Chocolat & Cafe's food truck also will be onsite during the sale.  

Categories: HOME + Design, Nest